You Can’t Start A Fire In The Rain

fire twigs

Her lip’s trembling, wishing for that lingering kiss

You can’t start a fire in the rain

The wispy smoke ring billows into the storm clouds that chose to remain

The separation was bitter as you watched him aimlessly walk out the door

Your tear’s flowed continuously on your neatly polished bedroom


You waited patiently for the ringing of the phone

You continue to be optimistic but still very much alone

The seed of distrust slowly formulated within your aching heart

You well remember the lonely nights  you spent alone after he tore your world apart

The fire remains unlit although it happened many years ago

The matches damp and musky to match your wounded ego

The rains have come and gone many times throughout the years

You remember the raindrops falling through sad, salty tears

The separation was bitter as you watched him disappear into the fogy mist

Your lips trembling wishing for that lingering kiss

Today the sun is shining. The campfire twigs wait in hopeful anticipation

Gleefully awaiting your return home and a happy


Summer is approaching, reluctantly saying ” Good bye ” to the long month of May

My day’s are passing with fewer tears today

The multicolored daylilies are in full glorious bloom

Each room freshly painted. The scent of lavender accents our bedroom

The unlit campfire twigs remain

They’ve withered the season of hail, wind and rain

Each time the doorbell chimes I rush to see if it could possibly be you standing there

Disappointment my constant companion when I realize you’re not anywhere

Perhaps tomorrow will be the day you decide to come back home?

Or maybe I’ll receive a friendly call on the sleeping telephone?

Each new day I attempt to move forward, forgetting the painful past

Obviously our love was not strong enough to forever last.



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Ruby Fuller

I am a retired R. N. who loves to write poetry and fiction. I have just found recently that I love to write flash fiction with a twist. I write on hub under the name of always exploring- AKA Ruby Fuller.

12 thoughts on “You Can’t Start A Fire In The Rain

  • June 13, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Beautifully and sensitively done, Ruby. There is power in your choice of words that paints life’s colors on your canvass. Thank you.

  • June 13, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Hello WmKovacic, Your comment is poetically beautiful. Thank you kindly.

  • June 13, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Hello John, I’m glad you like the title. It caught my eye and I saw a piece that I could write that was close to my heart many years ago. Thank you..

  • June 13, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Hello Ruby, so sad and poignant, your emotions are dearly felt. Love the use of fire and rain, tying in so well with your title. Well done. 🙂


    • June 13, 2016 at 3:59 PM

      Thank you Mel, I’m thrilled that you liked my poetry. Thank you so much..

  • June 13, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Wonderful and most emotional poetry. Took that poignant journey with each poetic line.

  • June 13, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Hello Rasma. I’m glad you traveled along with me on this poetic journey. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • June 13, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    There is always hope after a breakup and it take so long to realize someone is really gone. Very well-penned verse, Ruby.

    • June 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM

      Hello Phyllis, The hurt never really goes completely away, but it dims as time passes. Thank you for reading and leaving a thoughtful comment…

  • June 13, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Lovely sensitive and heartfelt verse of coming to terms with love lost. Very emotive and warm in its sadness and truth, as the heart eventually realizes it’s done. great work Ruby.


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